The Way Home A formulaic but ultimately sweet story of a city boy (Yoo) forced to live with his grandmother (Kim) in the Korean countryside. Not surprisingly, the… The Way Home A formulaic but ultimately sweet story of a city boy (Yoo) forced to live with his grandmother (Kim) in the Korean countryside. Not surprisingly, the…
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THE WAY HOME (2003)

MPAA Rating: PG
EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: May 06, 2003; Movie Rated: PG; Genre: Foreign Language; With: Yoo Seung-ho; Distributor: Paramount Classics

A formulaic but ultimately sweet story of a city boy (Yoo) forced to live with his grandmother (Kim) in the Korean countryside. Not surprisingly, the bratty kid ends up learning a thing or two from his seemingly simple forebear (to the movie's credit, the sappiness is kept to a minimum). As the petulant youth, Yoo hits all the right notes, but it is Kim who maintains the emotional center: Her mute, hunched character's unconditional care for the ungrateful 7-year-old is, in a word, heartbreaking.

Originally posted May 09, 2003 Published in issue #709 May 09, 2003 Order article reprints
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